Johnny Manziel may not have checked into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at 6-feet tall like he predicted he would, but the big win of the day for Manziel was his hand size, which was bigger than either Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles.
Manziel’s hands measured at 9 7/8″ where Bridgewater’s were 9 1/4″ and Bortles’ were 9 3/8″.
People are going to be throwing this comparison out there a lot, but Russell Wilson also had huge hands for his height (5’11”) at 10 1/4″. For shorter quarterbacks, being able to grip the ball with ease is a major positive trait, and scouts are seeing this development as such for Manziel.
Despite checking in at under 6’0″ at the Combine, Manziel won’t be playing the game without shoes on so he’ll be over 6’0″ when they play the games.
Anyway, this is just the first wave of over-analysis from this year’s Scouting Combine, so buckle in, but interesting tidbits either way.